History of Nursing in Pacific Canada

[Letter from Ethel Johns to O.T. Leeman] Johns, Ethel 1961-02-13

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 Autobiography . February 13, 1961
Sorting out some family letters, 1 oaiae across one addree-ed to my mother in beautiful-
ly clear Victorian handwriting* It was from an old txtmmgamkmmmsk who* when I was a
little girl, Btamttxm came to stay with us and sometimes let tm  accompany her when eh*
drove about the pleasant Welsh countryside in an ancient vehicle, then called a governess
cart, drawn by a fat and Imzy Welsh pony*  ?,I forgot to mention", she said in a postscript* that when we mat that ©■pay caravan down by the Clwyd* I |#1 one of the woom
tell the ehild*s fortune* ifere it lsifShe will travel far in distant lands* She will
eat the broad of strangers* She will sit in council with dark people* She will talk with
a King** What an odd prophecy! A lot of nonnanso th.-t can never  come true*"
wildly improbable
MSI JSy soother's friend w&i mietaken* ®ae prophecy i true even though edbx&tmxx
Jdas»x*e*>XSi:-:j^a6X there wag every reason to believe that my  life would follow the saj^e
conventional pattern as that of other girls who, like tqyself# were brought up in the
Yett  out of a clear sky* soon
la*i  -nvironmeat of a country vicarage* £&&$ wm&mmm$m$xlmmmm$ circiu.suvncee arose
that zm^bT ^^
3!&te& brought about an unexpected change* i^r mother told me auaut it as gently as she
out to Canada
cou Id* *    s going with my    I ImxMnmA* and I was to stay behind for awhile and
go to boarding school* the    Utioa that swept over me could only iiave been experienced
a child* it com asured that the pain of 'parting will
soon be  over. *o lliem$  it s--*as that it will never  end*   After a few miserable weeks#
wont to
father an   | ,,ar wift on their way to Canada and I warns!; sohool*   A& least
$11       , and gee
X^*OSWS3Ct|qF the landscape was familiar* Over the garden wall* i could lmsitoara±xs^»
th' Tale of 81wyd *ta the blue hills, covered with heather, srawsoc which the lagy pony  Ml
bo unwillingly olimbad*
On the evonig of ©y arrival, I was assigned to a narrow b@d in a long dormitory and
WMMWKlW&X$xtmm Bhmn a little chest of drawers in which my few possessions were to be
grey and
tly arranged* fhe oulldlng was cold a>m$xmm&mx.m     but there was about it an air of
»lli»liHii kindliness that sotoned its austerity *


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